The Shiite and the Army clashes resurfaced as protesters have taken to the street of Kaduna, calling for the prosecution of the Nigerian Soldiers involved in the clash in Zaria.
The protesters who took to the streets in their scores said the outcome of the commission of inquiry set up by the Kaduna state government is disheartening.
The commission in its report indicted some military officer who participated in the clash that took place in Zaria on Saturday, December 12. But the residents under the aegis of Kaduna state Citizen for Peace said the commission’s report is a move by a senior advocate of Nigeria Femi Falana to stir up trouble in the state.
The group led by its national president Richard Augustine said it will be wrong to prosecute these soldiers while Shiite members under the Islamic Movement of Nigeria walk freely on the streets of Zaria. Augustine said:
“They are building up again and outsiders are empowering them. When the trouble comes it will be us Kaduna state citizens that would be left to answer for the consequences.” He said the anguish left by previous crisis in the area can still be felt among residents after several years. “The story does not change.
Whenever Kaduna is about to recover they will again spill blood. Each time the population starts uniting they will find division. Whenever we want to return to living as one they find problems for us. We have to end this and that is what must happen,” Augustine said. “Since December of last year, they have done everything to make the Shi’ite problem in Zaria come to other parts of our state. For several years Zaria people lamented as they suffered under Shi’ite occupation run by Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN). “We have feared what happened in December 2015 was a matter of time and we even feared it would spread to other parts of our state. “When these extremists confronted the military and they were flushed out we thought we have been finally liberated.
We believed our people in Zaria would finally be free. We thought the soldiers that risked their lives to end the rule of extremism would have been respected as representing Nigeria but they came under attack,” he said.